Steve McClaren sent out another email to Newcastle fans last night and after the two excellent recent results it’s not surprisingly upbeat.
But the players have also been visiting the local hospitals to meet some of Newcastle’s younger fans and the lads do a great job at Christmas time and throughout the year for that matter to try to cheer up those who are sick.
And you cannot accuse the Newcastle manager of not communicating with the fans although he is right that things were a lot different after the Crystal Palace disaster.
But two all out 100% performances of guts, courage and passion against Liverpool and Tottenham have turned things around.
Steve McClaren – upbeat communication
We need to continue that tomorrow at home to Aston Villa and it would be great on this last game before Christmas to have a sell-out crowd for what could even be our third win in a row and only our eighth league win this year.
Here is what Steve wrote:
After two positive results over the last two weekends, we’ve had a different kind of week this week, visiting some of our younger fans at three of the region’s hospitals after training.
It is a very humbling experience taking the players into that environment, to see the reality of the suffering that so many children and their parents are going through and the amazing work of our NHS staff.
All of us connected to Newcastle United have a big role to play on and off the pitch and we must never lose sight of that.
The players brought smiles to the wards this week, just as they have done to the terraces and streets over the last couple of weekends, and they should be proud of their contributions on both fronts.
Three weeks ago, we know it was very different. We know how quickly things can change either way and the good feeling can slip through your fingers as quickly as it came.
On Saturday, we welcome Aston Villa to St. James’ Park and we know they have got the players in their squad to start their own positive change. It’s another big game and we have to be at our best.
It’s been a thrill to feel such a fantastic atmosphere around the city over the last couple of weeks and we’ll be doing everything to maintain that by aiming to deliver a performance you can be proud of once again.
See you on Saturday.
We still think it’s going to be a test on Saturday against Aston Villa, who are playing for their Premier League lives – so to speak.